The Realms of Nature

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A realm is like a kingdom; it is a territory, a domain, a region, an area; it has limitations, boundaries, walls. Nature is defined as ‘the phenomena of the physical world collectively, as opposed to singularly humans or human creations’ and ‘the basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it.’ There are characteristics of the phenomenal physical world that humans don’t experience, for example, the full spectrum of light radiation. The realms of nature are like that; there is a lot we don’t see. As William Shakespeare noted, ‘there is more contained in heaven and earth, Horatio, than in your philosophy.

The kingdoms of nature is a relatively accepted term; there is general consensus that the plant kingdom is different than the animal kingdom. The animal realm is different than the mineral realm. One of the feature characteristics of Nature is animation. Plants are animated. Humans are animated. Different realms, and different time frames. Minerals are animated; and one full human lifetime, from birth to death after a long life, is a nanosecond in the Mineral Realm.

As humans, we can experience realms ‘below’ us; we experience, i.e., see, hear, touch, plants and animals, and minerals, rocks and soil. As humans, we are made up of elements from these other realms of nature, plants and animals in particular, and yet minerals play a huge role in our well-being. So, let us postulate, lay out, this concept of 4 Realms of Nature: Mineral, Plant, Animal, Human.

One of the distinguishing characteristics that differentiates these realms is time-frame in relation to animation. Animals are animated. Humans are animated at a ‘higher’ level. Humans have an active animated Psyche. Plants are animated at a ‘lower’ level. We can see animals move; they can see us move. Plants move. Even when rooted. Minerals are animated if even humans don’t detect it. This feature of animation, or movement, exists within various time-frames, or what we might call ‘life-times.’ A modern person today will be animated, in the human realm, for about 8 or 9+ decades. Some animals are animated over a period of decades, some less; some insects in a matter of days. Trees range in life-time from a few hundred years to a few thousand years, and there are minerals, living atomic animation, still ‘alive’ from ages ago.

This animation is not chaotic; there is structure and order such that people send people to the moon, and back. That is not possible without precise, structured, motion. It couldn’t happen if Nature is chaotic. The very complex processes that make up your physical body are not based on chaos. Psyche often appears chaotic, unorganized, emotional, and cognitive. The word ‘psyche’ is from Latin and Greek origins and literally translates into English as ‘breath.’ Current interpretations leans more towards ‘mind.’ There is a definite, intimate, relationship between mind and breath, the former being dependent upon the later.  Modern calming techniques almost always include some form of conscious breathing exercises, to help relax and soothe Psyche, ease the Mind.

Humans stand apart as a separate realm from animals because of the significantly higher animation, both physio-logically and psyche-logically. I refer to the human realm as the high animated realm, and the traditional animal kingdom as the low animated realm. Human becomes Hianim. Animals become Loanim. The Hianim Realm is 4. The Loanim Realm is 3. The Realms of Nature are structured. Cosmic structure is number based, and yet there are only 9 single digit numbers(each with a particular geometric shape,such as a triangle, square, pentagon or nanogon), and the collection of those 9 together (0).7 is a significant number in the esoteric teachings of Higher Nature. There are ‘7 days of creation’ in the Judeo-Christian theology, and 7 days of the week in our calendar system. There are ‘7 chakras’ in the subtle body, according to Yoga science. There are 7 colors of the rainbow and in music 7 notes of the diatonic scale. Snow White had 7 dwarfs.

Other Realms of Nature exist. Hianims can be, and have been, viewed as the bridge between the lower three realms, the Loplex, and the higher three realms, the Hiplex. What realms exist ‘above’ Hianims? There are 3, just as there are 3 below. The loplex appears as objective, external; the hiplex appears as subjective, internal. We can see minerals, plants and animals, and fellow humans; we typically do not see the Etherial Real, the Angelic Realm, and the Celestial Realm. And yet, all exist within  the sphere of existence we call Nature. The experience of ‘myself’ as an individual entity is a psychological fabrication; using the elements of these realms of nature, consciousness formulates an identity, and becomes attached to it, which is one of the most fundamental dynamics of suffering. We are so much more than our psychological identity. We are, essentially, Nature.

The Realms of Nature

There is a mirror-like correspondence between the outer, objective realms and the inner subjective realms. The etherial realm corresponds to the loanim realm, the angelic realm corresponds to the plant realm and the celestial realm corresponds to the mineral realm. Each realm is in itself a complex interwoven tapestry of Life, not to mention the vast ecological interplay and interaction of the realms with each other. Just as hinams are dependent upon minerals, plants and animals, so too is there a dependence upon etherials, angels and celestials. If there is one word that can convey the interplay of Nature, it would be Ecology. As mentioned above, the hianim realm is the bridge, or perhaps better phrased, the funnel, through which Mind Consciousness traverses the Realms of Nature from the loplex into and through the hiplex to the boundless beyond.


 

The Trouble With The World Is…

trouble with the world trees leaning at an angle on a foggy day in the rain

Bertrand Russell is a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. He is noted to have said: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. A similar sentiment is his statement: The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

 You’d think the trouble with the world might be that the intelligent are cocksure and the stupid full of doubt. That’s because we may think of intelligence as boisterous, belligerent, aggressive, even violent. Doubt is uncertainty, unsuredness, indecisive and questioning. What is intelligence? What is not intelligence? What is stupidity? Although there may be some value in being cocksure, at certain times, there are several disadvantages as a general way of interacting with life. Life itself is uncertain. To be so certain, so cocksure, can often be a way of becoming misaligned with life. To be misaligned with life is to experience dis-ease and dis-comfort. Dis-ease and dis-comfort, or, rather, the absence of such, can be an indicator of intelligence. Dis-ease and dis-comfort are symptoms of stupidity. Ease and comfort are symptoms of intelligence.

Intelligence is, of course, far more than a score on a test. It is the innate, inborn capacity to respond. Every single living creature is capable of response, and does so based on its native intelligence. That native intelligence within every single living creature interacts with its environment. Humans are no different in housing native intelligence; humans are different in their capacity to choose between intelligence and stupidity, to be misaligned with life, or not. The trouble with the world today is the stupid are misaligned with life, and the intelligent don’t know what to do.

Intelligence is rooted in the Greek word Teleos which translates as ‘complete’ and ‘result.’ Teleos is future orientation. Teleos is about the ultimate destination.All living creatures have Teleos. They are future oriented, by nature, by design. Every seed contains within it all the plant will become, given the appropriate environment. It is that spark which allows the species to continue on and on and on, given the proper environmental stage.  The same teleos operates within every individual, guiding it, prompting it, nudging it along a course towards the future, and its ultimate destination. When aligned with Teleos, disease and discomfort are foreign. When misaligned with Teleos, stupidity reigns.

Stupidity is not fun; it is not pleasure or enjoyment or satisfaction. It is ripe with conflict, chaos, confusion and yet not without its own brand of cunning. The trouble with the world is too many are too often too cunning for personal, short-sighted objectives, and too few are aligned with Teleos for collective, long-term objectives. What is long term? Inherent in the species is a biological clock, which dates back millions of years. Every particle of our existence, biological, geological, social, is very old; the stuff that makes us what we are has been around a long, long, very long time. It will continue on and on and on assuming various forms and manifestations of Life, and of Teleos. Don’t be stupid; be intelligent; tune in to your own innate Teleos.

“Intelligence is what you use when you don’t know what to do: when neither innateness nor learning has prepared you for the particular situation.”Jean Piaget


 

A Bit About Psyche Logic

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The Logic of Psyche, i.e., psyche logic, is crazy, weird; not that it is devoid of logic, but that she has her own way of seeing the world, which makes sense, when you see where she is coming from….

Psyche is a character in Greek mythology, though every culture is going to have some representation of this character, because she, as the embodiment of Love, is so basic and fundamental to human love relationship situations. Psyche is, in the end of the myth, betrothed to her beloved, Eros, aka, Cupid. Cupid has his own archetype to play and, again, every culture will have a representation of ‘Desire.’ Love and Desire. Do those two experiences in our lives not greatly define us, both individually, and collectively?

Psyche is a Greek word. It translates into English as ‘breath.’ It is more commonly understand as soul, or mind. Breath is a more poignant understanding of Psyche. Who has not had their breath taken away by love, and desire? Who has not found their breathing difficult when love is taken away? Our desires, in particular the desire for the beloved, ride on the waves of breath. Without breath, there is no life, no pulsing desire, no romantic love. Because breathing is both an automatic deeply subconscious life process, and because it is a life process which can be consciously and intentionally regulated, intentional conscious breathing is one of the most basic and important methods of soothing and calming Psyche, especially when in the throws of carnal desire and emotional love.

Psyche, however, is inherently troubled, disturbed, irritated, because she is separated from her beloved. Our desire for love, and to be loved, drives us all. Her eventual union with her beloved is representational, symbolic, of the dissolution of separation. The experience of separation is psychological. The body does not experience separation. Like an animal in the wild that may have lost a limb, life goes on, without depression, anxiety, resentment, fear, trauma. Psyche gives meaning, valence, value to the experience of separation. Depending on the interpretation, separation can be agony, or ecstasy. Separation from our beloved is agony. Separation from our nemesis is ecstasy.

Although Psyche and her beloved do unite at the end of the myth, Psyche goes through a lot of tests, challenges, trials and tribulations, which are representative of the purification necessary for a genuine, authentic union with the beloved. Ultimately, the beloved is the same flame, the same essence, the same substance, the same animating energy, the same consciousness, as is she. When this is realized, the pangs of longing, the veils of separation, vanish.

And yet, our attachment to the yearning, the wanting, the desire, to love and be loved, is intensely powerful. This yearning of Psyche is well stated in a popular rock ‘n roll song, ‘Dream Lover.’

Every night I hope and pray
A dream lover will come my way
A girl to hold in my arms
And know the magic of her charms

Because all men are born of women, they too are impressed upon by the nature of Psyche; they too seek their beloved, above all else, just as does she. Psyche is, as the breath of Love, feminine. Eros is, as the arrow of Desire, masculine. Of course both men and women in the world are inhabited by both Psyche and Eros, Love and Desire. Any one person contains both love and desire, feminine and masculine, drives, needs and wants.

The logic behind our world view, as a psyche-social creature, has a lot to do with finding, holding, having, and keeping, our beloved. We have psyche-logical equations such that not being in a relationship, not being with somebody who represents our beloved, means we are defective. What is life worth, without our beloved? If I can’t be with my beloved, I might as well kill myself. If not that extreme, then deep depression. The beloved is not necessarily a person. Some are so absorbed in their ‘work’ it becomes the beloved, sometimes referred to as a mistress, some activity, or some other person, who takes most of the positive attention, energy, interest and engagement. People have, in fact, killed themselves over loss of money, their beloved, at the time. Most every single psyche-social disturbance, irritation, dysfunction can be tied to this fundamental pain of separation from our beloved. When united with our beloved, nothing can bother us, irritate us, disturb us.

The remedy to this experience of separation from our beloved is union with our beloved. What prevents that from happening?  The term is ‘obscuration.’ That is, it is as if our beloved is hiding, not seen, though present, and available. The obscurations must be removed. The process is one of purification and represented by the trials and tribulations suffered through by Psyche. The process of purification, and healing, can be hellish, or like lost in a hall of mirrors, or alone at the top of a hill. The reward is portrayed, by those who have traversed the trails, as worth it. Union. Ecstasy. Given that our significant other is likely not our beloved in truth, they can be a representation and treated with as much love as if the real thing. When in love with that person who represents our beloved, we are at ease and in comfort with our existence. There can be a dissolving away of separation and two can feel as one; but then, those two, as a couple, are still separate from others, the neighbors, the colleagues, the passing strangers, and so the pangs of separation remain. Moreover, should there be some spat or argument, a conflict, or if that union is threatened, then that ease and comfort rapidly vanishes replaced with high anxieties and depression.  Our true beloved is not of this world, beyond duality. Such a transcendental union is permanent, perpetual, without end, and we find ourselves dissolved into blissfulness.

For more information on this this approach of non-duality read a companion post about The Advaita Approach to Mental Health


 

The Emergence of Homo Ecos

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The Emergence of Homo Ecos is on The Horizon

The Tree of Humanity has deep roots in the soil of this our world, our planet, our solar system; this tree has been around a long, long time; many limbs have burst forth and limbs from them, flowering branches and twigs of humanity’s many manifestations through eons of eras, periods, epochs and stages. Our personal life is but a leaf, so very far away from the trunk, not to mention the roots. And yet, the entire tree from budding leaf to tap root is permeated by the same essential sap, uprising through the tree to the extremities, from the planetary and solar elements that make us all who inhabit this world what we are.

Nature is not human-hearted. As any gardener knows, pruning and culling is an integral process in a healthy garden. Chopping off a tree limb is conducive to the tree’s long term well-being. It happens naturally over time, because Nature is inherently ecological. The tree of humanity has had many such prunings and cullings over the eons of planetary revolutions and evolutions. The modern crisis of human starvation, disease, war and natural disasters have many saying modern humanity is at a pivotal point. It would not be the first time….

Who is modern humanity? Who is you? You are a human being. What is that? What is a human? Homo Sapiens. What is that? Homo is a Greek word that translates as ‘one and the same.’ Homo is also the root of the word ‘homogeneous’ which means the same. The word ‘sapiens’ though often referred to as a Latin word for ‘wise’ was meant more in the sense of ‘likewise’ which is similar to homogeneous. As a species, we are homogeneous, we are all alike, we are all one and the same. We are Homo (Latin). We are One (English).

Homo Sapiens, the technical, scientific word-label that categorizes us, as a species, is predated by other technical names, such as Homo Erectus, Homo Habilis, Homonids in general, and others. The g tree of humanity has many branches, flowering cultures, some so long ago withered away as to be lost to history. What is the difference between, say, Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens? Some distinction appears as brain size, jaw size, height, or tools made, to name a few. What is next? Consider that perhaps we are already there. We are no longer Homo Sapiens. We are Homo Faber. Faber is a Latin word for ‘fabrication.’ We are the fabricating human. You are a fabricating being. You fabricate all kinds of things, externally, if not by yourself, then in conjunction with others. You fabricate all kinds of internal experiences as well; a lot that goes on in the mind is conjecture, fantasy, guessing, thinking; in a word, fabrications, including any sense of individual self-hood.

Fabrication. Look around; what is not fabricated by human hands? We are defined by our fabrications. Who is not who they are because of psychological fabrications? Go get out into the natural world. What now is not fabricated by human hands? The pros of fabrication are many, including technologies and conveniences, precision planning and problem solving; and the cons are significant risks of starvation; a deprivation of the natural world, which is the soil in which grows the tree of humanity, without which, you, as a human being, don’t exist.

Who comes after Homo Faber? Who comes after us? What do we become? Where do we go? Perhaps we’ll get lucky and emerge as Homo Ecos. Ecos has Latin, Greek and French roots which, in English, translates as ‘house’ and ‘household’; the word is generally represented into English as ‘environment, surroundings, habitat.’ The word ‘environment’ has its roots in Middle English and Old French and translates as ‘a circle or ring around, surround, envelop.’ Ecos surrounds us, encircles us, envelops us.

Ecos views ‘household’ quite a bit differently than would a modern Homo Faber. Homo Ecos understands everything that surrounds us, encircles us, envelopes us, is the household. Ecos is, of course, the root of the word ecology, and economics. Ecos sounds like, and is very similar to Echo. In Greek mythology, Echo is a character unable to initiate speech, but can repeat back what is said. The implication is that echo is feedback. If the environment is in trouble, that is just an echo. It is feedback. Homo Ecos utilizes feedback to help ensure a wholesome household, a wholesome environment, because, ultimately, the environment, the household, everything that surrounds us, encircles us, envelops us, is us, Homo Ecos. The Ecological Being.

Home Ecos is not a far fetched fantasy. We see ever increasing awareness of the importance of our environment. We see individuals and communities adopting a more ecological perspective. Countries are responding to the feedback from the environment, listening to the echos, and introducing ecological policies and goals. The emergence of Homo Ecos, The Ecological Being, is on the horizon.

What can you do? As Mahatma Gandhi is noted to have said, ‘be the change in the world you want to see.’ Be ecological. Think ecological. Act ecological. Know Ecos.

“We have decommissioned natural selection and must now look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.”
–  E. O. Wilson

 

Quantum Psychology

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Quantum Psychology: ‘The Other’ Fallacy

Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.

– Erwin Schrodinger

Quantum Physicist, Nobel Laureate

Over the ages, mystics, yogis and seers share information, truth, which modern quantum physics begins to see. Science has arrived at what some human beings have known for a long, long, very long, time. Quantum psychology offers an application of quantum principles to how our mind and consciousness operates, at levels invisible to everyday operations. Many have found these ideas, sometimes referred to as quantum mysticism or spiritual psychology, as being very conducive to well-being.

One of our more general dis-comforts and dis-eases in life, as human beings, social creatures living and working together in various structures and routines with others, appears to be our relationship with others, and, often, with ‘the other.’ That ‘the other’ could be a lover, best friend, spouse, a child, a sibling, colleague – it can be a foe, an enemy, a nemesis; and, it can be spirit guides, angels, aliens and even ‘god.’ ‘The other’ can also represent groups, the more universal ‘they’ or ‘them.’ And, there also exists ‘the other’ that we are not yet aware of but should it/he/she/they/them come into our awareness, ‘the other’ would be its name. ‘The other’ is the world ‘out there.’

The other person, group, situation, or whatever appears to be going on ‘out there’ may, with all those others, actually, be going on in our own mind, and brain (which is the body). It’s not ‘out there.’ It’s ‘in here.’ It’s brain activity. Out there appears as a projection, and reflection, of the in here. The happenings going on in our mind-body system could certainly incorporate a shared reality as others may experience the same thing, or near enough for agreement, as in all watching the same movie, sharing the same language, existing in the same gene pool, seeing the same sky. We not only operate within a personal mind-body system; equally, and perhaps more dominantly, we contain an influential collective mind-body system. We are born into a culture. on the planet, at a time and place, loaded with ongoing situations, incidents, events, circumstances, which we confront and deal with as something separate and distinct from the operations of our own mind, and brain. The important point to note, and one of the key teachings of yogic lore: that ‘the other’ appears to be separated from us, and,…. Not really. ‘The other’ observed is inherently connected to the observer, each influencing the other. The observed has no substantial, independent existence of its own. It is dependent upon the observer for its existence. The observer has no substantial, independent existence of its own either, depending on the observed. The observer and the observed are two sides of the same coin, of Awareness. Awareness itself transcends observer and observed, subjective and objective. Awareness itself is devoid of an object, or subject; it is often described as ‘not this, not that.’ In this regard, Awareness comes across as unreal, like sub-atomic particles. You can’t see it, hear it, feel it, and yet everything you see, hear and feel, is rooted in that invisible, unreal realm, transcendent to everyday life in the same way atoms, and sub-atomic particles, are not visible, audible, tactile; you can’t smell or taste sub-atomic particles; and yet, it is those invisible and ‘unreal’ particles upon which rests all that we do see, hear and feel as real.

That which we perceive as ‘the other’ does not exist without ‘the self.’ And, ‘the self’ does not exist without an object to observe, which is perceived as ‘not self.’ And yet, that ‘not-self’ exists because of ‘the self’ just as ‘the self’ exists because of the ‘not-self,’ the observed, that which is perceived. The self and the not-self, the subject and the object, are, ultimately, one and the same Awareness, one and the same mind, just as heads and tails are of the same coin.

This understanding of subject-object dependence is more apparent in dream consciousness. In that state of consciousness, all that we experience appears more readily accepted as a fabrication of our own awareness, our own mind, our own brain. One of the measurable differences between dream consciousness and waking consciousness is the higher frequency of brain wave patterns in the latter, in which objects appear much more substantial, solid, real. What we call reality occurs in waking state of consciousness. In dream state of consciousness, reality is very different than it is in waking. The ‘laws of physics’ don’t quite apply. It’s a different world. Different ‘stuff’ makes up the material, and content often appears as odd and nonsensical, scenes and experiences that are as different from waking as an animated cartoon is from a family drama. And yet, at the time of dreaming those scenes and experiences can influence us as vividly, and emotionally, as ‘real,’ as being awake. These two very different operations of consciousness exist within the same Awareness. We say I am awake, I slept. I dreamed. I awoke. The ‘I’ is identified with those states of consciousness.

Waking consciousness is represented in brain wave frequency of plus or minus 20Hz, and referred to as Beta Waves. Dream consciousness is more in the frequency of about plus or minus 6Hz and referred to as Theta Waves. While dreaming, rapid eye movement happens and dream states are often called ‘REM’ sleep. The deepest part of sleep consciousness, called Delta Waves, runs at about plus or minus 2Hz. Alpha Waves are some of the more pleasant states of awareness within mind consciousness at about plus or minus 10Hz. Alpha is to Beta what daydreaming is to filing out tax forms. More recently, Gamma Waves have been detected upwards of 40Hz and indicative of moments of insight, discovery and that ‘ah-ha’ episode. A peak experience of revealing clarity, and solidity. Dreams are less solid, less logical, less rational, perhaps even not rational at all, though very creative; dreams are known to have some predictive value and have been understood as a link to that mysterious land of deep sleep, and beyond. Deep sleep consciousness is very amorphously nebulous. And yet, critically important. Without enough and proper sleep, dreaming and waking suffer. These 3 states of consciousness, waking, sleeping and dreaming, make up what we call our life.

Yogic lore speaks of a fourth state of consciousness, ‘turiya’ in their language. A consciousness transcendent to mental activity, and physical activity; transcendent to sleeping, dreaming and waking. It is awareness itself; unmoved, still and silent; a flame in a windless place. Transcendental consciousness is awareness, without an object, without a subject; pure awareness, nothing else. No frequency. No vibration. Anything else is the mutual arising of the subject-object relationship, at any level, and contains ‘the other.’ In having a nightmare, daydreaming, or waking as you walk down the street filled with sensory objects of awareness, subjective thoughts and emotions, memories and imaginations, ‘the other’ is present; and, yet, of the same awareness, the same consciousness, the same mind, happening in your brain, which resides in your body, which exists in this world of waking, dreaming and sleeping. And yet, without that fourth state of transcendent consciousness, pure awareness, there would be no waking, dreaming and sleeping awareness at all, just as without the unseen molecules and cells of your muscles and organs, there would be no muscles and organs.

This understanding that ‘the other’ can be seen as a fundamental fallacy forms the basis of religious and spiritual sentiments such as The Golden Rule, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ ‘let kindness be your religion’ and ‘love your enemy.’ These recommendations are based on Quantum Psychology, and ‘the other’ fallacy. Correct this fallacy that ‘the other’ is separated, unconnected, independent with the understanding that subject and object, self and not-self, are in fact conjoined, connected and dependent one upon the other. Quantum Psychology is a leap in awareness to wholeness.

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.

– Niels Bohr

Theoretical Nuclear Physicist, Nobel Laureate